Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn - Spaceman

I'm a 90's girl (born in the early 80's) so Mr Benn was a big part of my childhood TV ... and as such he is one I've been able to get on DVD for my children to enjoy just as much as I did.

The story was very simple and followed the life of Mr Benn, an ordinary fellow living an ordinary life in an ordinary house - at Number 52, Festive Road.
Mr Benn's life though is far from boring, he'll be off on a walk and suddenly begin to wonder what life could be like in the past as a red knight, a hunter, a Gladiator or a caveman.  Perhaps he wants to explore other places as a cowboy, a pirate,on a magic carpet or (in this book) a spaceman.

On this particular day Mr Benn wonders what it would be like to be above the clouds, so he heads to the costume shop where the shop keeper hands him a spaceman outfit and he enters the changing rooms, before exiting through the secret door into a spaceship.  Mr Benn, and another spaceman then
visit different amazing planets - one with jewels...

.... one with no colour 

.........and one brightly coloured planet where everyone has to wear a hat!  

When he returns home from his adventures Mr Benn is left wondering just how real his trip was, but fortunately he always has a memento of it in his pocket.

Mr Benn's adventures are not just fun, but educational too as most of his tales have a moral to learn, this one is that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

If the pictures look familiar it is because, I believe, the same artwork is used that David McKee (who wrote Elmer) designed for the original books first published in 1967 and the TV programme.  Albeit this version of the book is bright and colourful with a lovely shine to it and raised images on the covers.

from mummy to the boys we all loved this book and it's been read many times since it landed on my doorstep with Mr Benn: Diver making our 'to buy' list when it is released later in the year (2nd July).  Thus proving that despite it's age range of 0-5 it is defiantly a hit for those a little older too :)

Published by Hodder Childrens it has an RRP of £6.99.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a copy of this book to assist the review, words and opinions are my own.


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